What is the Conacher cringe you ask? It’s the knee-jerk reaction with symptoms that include a shoulder hunch and eye squint whenever I read stories like this, or this, or especially this. When Eric wears his Milwaukee Admirals Conacher jersey, the Conacher cringe also causes me to slap him in the arm or issue a forceful shove into the nearest inanimate object.
Why you ask?
You see, Cory Conacher, who is arguably one of the best players in the American Hockey League, was a Milwaukee Admiral. In fact, he scored 5 points (3g-2a) in five games leading up to last years postseason. With no offer in sight from Milwaukee, Conacher signed with the ‘other’ Admirals over in the Eastern Conference. You know, that team from Norfolk that just set an AHL record of most consecutive wins…29 WINS IN A ROW?
The 22-year old Burlington, Ontario native racked up an impressive 80 points (39g-41a) during the 2011-2012 regular season, landing him second among AHL scorers league wide.
Why oh why did Milwaukee let him get away? Imagine the glory that is 39 goals that could’ve been on the board for Milwaukee? He went from Milwaukee, where he was carted between the Ads and their ECHL farm team in Cincinnati, to being the AHL rookie of the year in the matter of a single season!
I know, I know, he has a pretty good support staff in Norfolk. Out of the top ten 2011-2012 regular season scorers, three of them are out of the Norfolk organization. Conacher sits second, while teammates Trevor Smith (69) and Tyler Johnson (68) sit sixth and seventh respectively.
In any case, he would’ve been really nice to have on the Milwaukee roster. Really nice….